If you colour your hair a lot, you’re probably seeing some damage. And you might find that your hair colour fades more quickly than it used to. You may have also heard about Olaplex, often touted as the fountain of youth for coloured hair. But how does it work and is it all it’s cracked up to be? Here’s what you need to know.
Protein additives for hair, like Olaplex, are kind of like the protein powder you might toss into your morning smoothie. Just as protein added to your smoothie is meant to fill in the gaps of your less-than-nutritious diet, a protein filler hair treatment works the same way. Colouring your hair regularly can cause some serious damage. Long-term, excessive bleaching can leave your hair porous. This means that the next time you go for a colour, the molecules of the dye don’t stick. As a result, the colour tends to bleed out, fade quickly and never fully provide you with the gorgeous hue you have been hoping for.
That is where protein additives or fillers come in. These hair care fillers fill in super porous or damaged hair by attaching proteins to the hair cuticle. This repairs the hair, patching it and creating a strong outer layer so that colour can work as intended. It also helps to prevent further damage. But there is no one size fits all treatment. Like any beauty product, hair type and hair colour define which protein filler is best for you.
Olaplex is likely the most well-known hair perfector. It tends to be the product clients ask about, but it isn’t the only protein additive out there. It is far from a one size fits all situation, which means that stylists should be offering protein additives based on your hair type, hair colour and style. Every stylist will have their go-to products but choosing a particular product for your unique hair type is dependent on a number of factors. Here are some of our favourites:
Olaplex is made with their Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate ingredient which has allowed vastly improved colour and care results. Olaplex restores damaged hair by repairing it from the inside out offering healthy, beautiful, shiny, touchable hair.
Olaplex is a sort of hair-life insurance. This product is used to push the boundaries of just how drastically hair can be lightened. It can help prevent damage and restores the hair protein. But major breakage and damage cannot be magically repaired so cautious colouring is still super important to avoid breakage.
Joico Defy Damage
Joico has its own protein additive line which protects hair from the effects of daily heat styling, UV exposure, and environmental pollution. This hair care system defies damage and strengthens hair bonds for instantly refreshed, renewed and visibly healthier hair. Feel.
Joico allows the hair to remain strong and aids in achieving brighter locks more quickly when lightening it. It is a versatile product for nearly all hair types.
This product is named K18 after the unique patented K18 Peptide. The brand developed this product to reach the innermost layers of hair, treating the core polypeptide chains. The product is just right to reconnect broken chains, repair, hydrate and rejuvenate damaged, broken hair.
K18 is an incredible product for already fragile hair. It effectively strengthens the hair and is used either before treatment or brought home as a leave-in treatment for more regular use. It can make unruly hair feel silky smooth.
We offer a range of take-home treatments which offer a preventative and long-term solution for healthier hair.
Olaplex Salon treatment can be used as an addon service (30 min for $50) and KM Hydration treatments are also available in the salon. ($35 as an addon or $50 as a standalone)